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Edwin D. Kilbourne dies at 90; virologist developed flu vaccine
Edwin D. Kilbourne dies at 90; virologist developed flu vaccine

Dr. Edwin D. Kilbourne, a virologist who figured out how to manufacture a new influenza vaccine each year and was a principal advisor to the U.S. government on flu, died Feb. 21 in Branford, Conn. He was 90. No cause of death was released. Kilbourne was involved in every aspect of preparing vaccines for the influenza season, understanding the genetics of the virus, manipulating it to create a version that would grow in eggs, and helping make the recommendation of what the vaccine formulation should be each year, Food and Drug Administration officials said on his formal retirement in 2002. Without his efforts, the United States may not have had an annual influenza vaccine — or its...

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